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    Re: 5 frame versus 8 frame hive.

    I use to use a lot of 5 frame boxes, but they tend to fall over if stacked high. If the queen does well, you are constantly in the boxes removing brood or adding boxes.

    Now I run 10 and 8...
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    Re: Russian queens

    My experience is that the build up slower than Italians, but explode rapidly when flow is on. Similar to Carnes.

    They overwinter smaller clusters than Italians, so they tend to be more frugal...
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    Re: Best grafting tool?

    Anything that you can get the larva out with undamaged and deposited into the cup is fine. You need to decide what your preference is.

    I generally use the Chinese grafting tools, but as MB...
  4. Re: My plan on overwintering 200 queens on mini-frames

    Not sure about Mister Palmer, but mine are medium frames are 9.25" at on the top bar. Bottom bar adjusted accordingly. I believe his are deeps, but that shouldn't matter in a time required...
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    Re: Jostled a queen frame with 2 ages of bars

    I had a salad bowl full of about 20-30 cells go flying across the floor of my truck when I slammed the brakes...

    They all emerged fine... I wouldn't worry to much about a few bumps on the 10th...
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    Re: Opinions/Options for ~18 frame extractor

    Extractor just showed up at the house, it's about week early.. Woohoo!! Tweaked my back, so I can't move it around or play with it much, but it was packed well and appears to be well made.

    I'll...
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    Re: Mann Lake Pro Feeder

    I've used the Mann Lake feeders and they work pretty good. Currently, I've trying out the motherloade feeders with cap/ladders. So far no burr comb inside and only a little on the outside. ...
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    Re: Ventilated Bee Jacket

    I have the ultra breeze full suit. I paid ~300 bucks for it 2-3 years back...

    It's awesome, but I don't know if it will last for "decades" as MB put it. I have little tears and burns in the...
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    Re: Ultrabreeze suit/leg length input needed

    I just used the email address of orders@ultrabreezesuits.com to ask my questions then placed my order through their website and paid with paypal.

    I looked back through my emails and didn't find a...
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    Re: Ultrabreeze suit/leg length input needed

    I have a full ultra breeze suit... I have little random tears from catching things in the yard and the odd burn mark from brushing the smoker. It's ~2 years old and looks like it's been through the...
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    Re: Do I need a jig?

    I'll have to sit down and time myself, but that video was roughly 48 seconds per frame. Figure you give him the benefit of the doubt on talking and make it 30 seconds per frame.

    I'm pretty sure...
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    Re: Do I need a jig?

    For frames..

    I use an air stapler... I just sit in the floor surrounded by three piles/buckets of frame parts...

    Lay the top bar down, put on glue... Pick up two side bars glue and put into...
  13. Re: Bigger IS better for mating nucs - or so the numbers seem to indicate...

    I usually have a harder time requeening a large hive than a smaller hive. I'm not sure if they don't want my cell or want to raise their own.

    I generally don't have any issues with mating queens...
  14. Re: My recent experience with new-vs"seasoned" JZBZ cups

    It's my experience that given the option, bees will do everything except what you want... *grins*

    I try to make sure that my starter hive is hopelessly queenless. You can pretty much guarantee...
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    Re: Question about 1-1/4 inch sidebars

    Have you notice any real difference with the narrow frames? I was debating on trying it on a few hives to see if they stop storing giant blobs up honey at the top of the frames...
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    Re: Pierco vs. Acorn

    I've emailed them twice with no answer...

    I should probably try calling them but I rarely have time to do that during the day.

    I was wanting to pick up a box or two of drone 6 1/4 frames and...
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    Re: My foundationless experiment

    I think you will find that bees do whatever they want.

    I have hives :
    foundationless that were drawn perfectly.
    foundationless that were partly drawn with huge holes.
    ignored wax foundation...
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    Re: Interesting Hive set up...

    I've used plastic sheets as a "inner" cover under migratory lids. I didn't have any mystical purpose other than I got tired of them gluing the frames to the cover. *grins* The plastic is easier to...
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    Re: Opinions/Options for ~18 frame extractor

    I broke down and ordered from Maxant... Didn't like the thin metal on the ML. Brushy was almost a month backordered.

    I figured worst case, the Maxant should have a better resale value.. So I...
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    Re: Opinions/Options for ~18 frame extractor

    Looks like I'll be leaning toward the Brushy Mountain one...

    Mannlakes is 26ga at 1295.00 shipped
    Brushy is 22ga at 1261.40 shipped.
    Maxant is 20ga at 1,395.00 + 225-275 shipping and a 2 week...
  21. Re: How much is too much? How desperate are people?

    Couple years back, I went to a poorly advertised Beekeeper bankruptcy auction in Arkansas... I bought a bunch of random stuff, including a silverqueen uncapper for ~250 bucks.

    But there were...
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    Re: Why are my queen cells so small?

    I don't understand the question. Are referring to the original concerns over cell size, the giving them a frame to begin royal jelly production ahead of the graft, or grafting in general?
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    Re: A Carni and Italian Queen Cell experiment.

    Are you asking if anyone has put the a queen cell in a jar with a few bees in their car in the northeast? That might be a stretch.

    But, people hatch virgins incubators fairly often. If the...
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    Re: Making Foundationless frames

    Looks good... Much better success than I had with the custom Kelley foundationless frames. I've just been taking the wedge on wax foundation frames and pinning it in the grove like the popsicle...
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    Re: Cell builder questions

    Most people use the cell builder for a couple rounds them break it down into nucs or give it a queen. Repeat with another hive as required. At least that's what I generally do. I've tried adding...
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